We've been endlessly curious about budding ballerina Juliet Doherty's movie project, On Pointe, since we first got wind of it back in March. At that point, the film's producers were hoping to raise the funds they needed to complete the project via Kickstarter.
Well, they ended up not just meeting but exceeding their fundraising goal (bravo, ballet/Juliet fans!). And now On Pointe has released an official trailer.
If you follow ballet darling Juliet Doherty on Instagram—which you probably do—you already know that the two-time Youth America Grand Prix gold medalist is a self-proclaimed "plant-powered ballerina." Doherty has followed a vegan diet for four years now, and though she never forces her lifestyle on her followers or IRL friends, she does love sharing her daily eats and the plant-based meals and snacks that help her perform at her best. Curious as to what that entails? Here's a day in the life of Juliet's meat-and-dairy-free diet.
We've loved Juliet Doherty from the moment we saw her as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular—a pint-sized prima-to-be who lit up the whole stage with her sunny charisma (and impressed all the bunheads in the audience with her top-notch technique). Since then, Juliet has done so much: given a thoughtful TEDx Talk about "being great," earned accolades at multiple ballet competitions, graced the cover of our March 2014 issue, performed in a Susan Stroman musical, studied at San Francisco Ballet School and Master Ballet Academy. And now, as she revealed yesterday, she's set to add "movie star" to her very impressive resume.
The film is called On Pointe, and the premise sounds promising: A teenage ballet student (Juliet) has to sell the idea of dancing professionally to her mom, and to herself. A note on the project's Kickstarter page says that it will be a "positive, empowering and accurate look at the world of dance," counteracting the awful way ballet is often presented in popular culture. "Unlike others of its kind, this film won't be an angsty teen romance or a melodrama about a psychopath," it continues. To which we say: AMEN.
The film won Best Feature Screenplay at the Chandler International Film Festival in September. But its director/writer and producer need financial support to take it from script to screen. Friends, let's get on this! Visit On Pointe's Kickstarter page to make a donation—and watch the promo video, which features lots of beautiful footage of Juliet in action, below.
Need some #MondayMotivation? Let Juliet Doherty's latest video help you with that.
As we've noted before, there's a can't-miss formula for an addictively good ballet video: black-and-white cinematography + moody music + light-filled space + beautiful dancers = INFINITE REWATCHES. And the latest entry in that classic genre is even more irresistible, because it stars our friend Juliet and her equally talented partner, Slawek Wozniak.
SO MUCH PRETTY
Directed by Caleb Alvarado, the new short film is simple, streamlined and totally compelling; it's just two dancers doing what they do exceptionally well. And boy, does the camera ever love it some Juliet. (Which, by the way, reminds us how excited we are that her upcoming feature-length film, On Pointe, more than reached its Kickstarter goal.)
Take a look, get inspired, repeat:
Our friend (and ballerina obsession) Juliet Doherty is the star of a new dance film short with cinematography by Will Fryar. The goal of the film, called Opið, is to "merge the worlds of dance and film to elevate both art forms." With Juliet involved, how could it do anything but? And the film itself is as gorgeous as she is. It features stunning lighting and colors, and desert scenery to complement her perfect lines.
When Juliet's character, a girl who is struggling to "overcome the emotional walls she has built and find true freedom," finally dances out into the world, you'll hardly be able to suppress a spontaneous "YAS JULIET!" I couldn't. Enjoy!
When I was maybe 10, a museum near my hometown exhibited a bronze cast of Edgar Degas' Little Dancer Aged Fourteen sculpture. I went to visit her, and quickly discovered that my first impulse—to imitate her iconic fourth-position pose—was shared by dozens of other baby ballerinas. There was a whole crowd of us gathered around the statue, hanging out in fourth, snapping photos. It was almost instinctual.
Susan Stroman's brand-new musical, Little Dancer, which tells the story of the girl who inspired the statue, opens on Saturday at the Kennedy Center. In tribute, the original Little Dancer sculpture is currently on exhibit at D.C.'s National Gallery of Art. And last week, the cast of the musical—which includes New York City Ballet star Tiler Peck and our friends Juliet Doherty and Sophia Anne Caruso—went to pay their respects to Degas' masterpiece.
Naturally, they all immediately assumed fourth position. Looks like that instinct never dies.
(All photos by Margot Schulman)
The musical's cast. Peck is adorable in her pink tutu—but did your eye go right to Juliet (third from right) and her gorgeous turnout, like mine did?
The whole company. So many Little Dancer doppelgängers!
The musical's stars and creative team (from left): Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, Susan Stroman, Tiler Peck and Boyd Gaines. Even non-dancers end up hitting some version of fourth position!
Merde (or in musical theater terms, break a leg) to the Little Dancer cast! For tickets and more info about the show, click here. Can't make it to D.C.? You can still get an insider's look at the show, via our interview with Peck about what happens when statues come to life.
Here at DS HQ, we're more than ready to be kicking off a new month (please please please tell us that March is going to finally bring us some warmer temperatures and pretty flowers...please?) and, fittingly, a brand-new issue!
The March issue of Dance Spirit is our annual Ballet Issue, and how lovely is this prima-in-the-making on the cover?
A little backstory...
I have been obsessed with Juliet Doherty for years. I saw her perform the role of Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and I fell hard for her gorgeous facility, sweet smile and perky onstage personality. At the time, Juliet was a competition dancer training at Fishback Studio of the Dance—her great-grandmother's studio—in her hometown of Albuquerque, NM. Now, at 16, Juliet's making big moves toward a serious ballet career: She's currently a level-seven student at the San Francisco Ballet School and she's performed as Clara in San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker. Earlier this year she competed at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. And let's not forget—she's a ballerina named Juliet. It's perfect.
We are so excited to feature Juliet on the cover of this issue. Not only is she a stunning dancer (as you can see from the cover—can this girl take a beautiful picture or what?), she's also super-smart (she was asked to give an inspirational TEDx Talk in 2012!), ultra-sweet and insanely humble.
Click here to read Juliet's cover story. And, as always, we've got plenty of extras for your viewing enjoyment: click here to check out a ton of outtakes from Juliet's cover shoot in L.A. with photographer Joe Toreno, and then watch a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot.
We love you, Juliet, and we can't wait to see what you do next!